Within minutes of coming out of the halftime break, senior captain Kellie Murphy broke the ice in the 50th minute with her second goal of the season to lead the LSU soccer team to a 1-0 shutout of McNeese State before 1,094 fans Friday night at the LSU Soccer Stadium.
Senior midfielder Natalie Martineau led the build up for the only goal of the match with her run down the left flank as she played a square ball to junior striker Carlie Banks in the middle of the penalty area.
Banks then took a touch and fed Murphy in the right side of the box for a 12-yard strike slotted just out of the reach of McNeese State goalkeeper Cassandra Read and inside the left post at the 49:55 mark.
The shutout would not come easily for the LSU defense as senior goalkeeper Mo Isom made a save in the waning seconds as Cowgirls defender Amanda Denton hit a 30-yard strike on frame from the right side of the field.
After being drawn slightly off her line, Isom recovered to reach back over her head and punch the ball over the crossbar with nine seconds remaining.
With the win, LSU (4-3-1) extended its unbeaten streak to four straight .
TIGERS EARN WIN AT OLE MISS: In Oxford, Miss., Madie Jones had home five of her season-high 18 kills during the deciding frame to propel LSU to a win over Ole Miss (15-25, 25-16, 27-25, 24-26, 15-6) Friday at the Gillom Sports Center in the SEC opener for both teams.
LSU (8-3, 1-0 SEC) ended its two-match losing skid and won its first five-set decision of the season.
Malorie Pardo had a career-high 60 assists and also had in 12 digs for her fourth consecutive double-double.
Jones had 10 of her match-high 18 kills during the final two sets aided by a match-high .343 hitting percentage.
Desiree Elliott collected 16 kills.
Michele Williams finished with 10 kills, two digs and two blocks.
Ole Miss dropped to 4-5 and 0-1 in the SEC.
TEAMS TO START SEASONS: The LSU men’s and women’s cross country teams begin their season Saturday with the Bulldog Invitational at the Mississippi State Horse Farm course in Starkville, Miss.
The men will run 8,000 meters at 8 a.m. and the women will go 5,000 meters at 8:45 a.m.
LSU will run alongside Southeastern Conference rival Mississippi State, as well as Jackson State, West Alabama and Blue Mountain College.
LSU returns four men and five women who competed in the Bulldog Invitational last season.
LADY TIGERS’ FALL SEASON BEGINS: LSU women’s tennis seniors Whitney Wolf and Olivia Howlett began the fall season with singles victories at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland, Texas.
Wolf, the No. 1 seed and 52nd ranked player in the nation, cruised into the third round with a straight-sets victory. Howlett prevailed after a marathon third set, winning 16-14 in a super tiebreaker.
LSU had mixed results in Minnesota as freshman Rebecca Bodine notched the only win for the Lady Tigers on Friday at the Gopher Invitational.
The Lady Tigers take the court again Saturday in both Texas and Minnesota.
TIGERS OFF TO A GOOD START IN CALIFORNIA: In Costa Mesa, Calif., the Tigers saw a little bit of everything Friday as they opened their fall season at the Costa Mesa Futures Qualifier Tournament in California.
Senior Mark Bowtell began the day for the Tigers with a walkover victory against Justin Jenkins.
Next, LSU freshman Chris Simpson was defeated 6-1, 6-4 by recent International Tennis graduate, Evan Song.
Senior and captain Neal Skupski rounded out the day with 7-5, 7-6 victory over Frenchman Mathieu Forget.
The tournament will continue Saturday.
FORMER TIGER LOUIS LEE WINS U.S. SENIOR AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP: In Manakin-Sabot, Va., former LSU golfer Louis Lee of Heber Springs, Ark., made history in Thursday’s title match at the 2011 United States Senior Amateur Championship as the former three-time All-SEC performer scored a 1-up victory over Philip Pleat to take home the U.S. Senior crown at Kinloch Golf Club.
Lee clinched the 2011 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship by sinking a 4-foot par putt on the 18th hole to take the title. He actually joined his brother as a U.S. Senior champion as former LSU All-American Stan Lee won the same event in 2007 at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kan.
The duo made history during the match play tournament after squaring off in the quarterfinal round as No. 46 seed Louis Lee knocked off No. 38 seed Stan Lee in 19 holes to advance to the semifinals.
According to the United States Golf Association, their quarterfinal match is believed to be the first match played between two brothers in a USGA championship in history.
Both finalists also received full exemptions into the 2012 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship that will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 4 at Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, N.J.